Winners of the Nagaland Wrestling Championship 2020 with NWA officials and others during the first day of Nagaland Wrestling Meet 2020 in Kohima on Tuesday  Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: As the Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) celebrates 50 years of its formation, chief minister Neiphiu Rio — while saluting the sport’s body for promoting and preserving ‘Naga wrestling’, an indigenous grappling sport — announced that the state government has plans to construct a wrestling stadium.

Rio, who is also the president of Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA), made the announcement while addressing the gathering on the first day of the Nagaland Wrestling Meet 2020 at the Kohima local grounds on Tuesday. In line with the Japanese sumo wrestling stadium, Rio said that the state will also built an indoor wrestling stadium that will be convenient for all seasons.

Nearly 30,000 spectators witnessed the Naga Wrestling Championship at Kohima Local ground on Tuesday

Saying that sports is one area where all youths get equal opportunity, he encouraged the youth to take sports seriously and to pursue a career in it. He also suggested that to promote the indigenous sport, the rules and regulations must be properly refined and documented so that the sport can take to the national and international front.

Meanwhile, 24-year-old Venüzo Dawhuo from Thenyizu Village, who is also the reigning champion of the Chakhesang Wrestling Association (CWA), emerged as the new champion of the 27th Nagaland Wrestling Championship defeating 21-year-old Kezhaseluo Pienyü of Kohima Village in the final bout.

Naga wresting is a popular indigenous game among the Angami, Chakhesang and Zeliang Naga tribes

Vevohü Swüro of Thenyizu Village and Küneshoyi Zuo of Suthozu Old Village secured the third position and fourth positions, respectively. 54 wrestlers from the Angami Sports Association, Chakhesang Wrestling Association and Zeliang Wrestling Association grappled for the championship title.

Nearly 30,000 spectators gathered at the Kohima Local ground on Tuesday to witness the biennial Naga Wrestling Meet. This year’s wrestling meet coincides with the 50 years formation of the Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA).

The second day of the wrestling event will witness the first U-16 Naga Wrestling Championship 2020 with 32 wrestlers from the junior category to compete for the coveted title. Earlier, Neivikuolie Khatsu, president of NWA, said that the recognition of wrestlers at a young age and tender age would be the objective of NWA in the coming years.

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